As a coach, you are aware of every situation on the field and court. You spend a great deal of time working on your strengths, but what about preparing for the worst? Imagine the effect it will have on your team. The worst thing that can happen, however, doesn’t take place during the game and it is something that not all coaches are prepared for.
Player safety is the number one responsibility for a coach, regardless of sports, age or gender. The best way to adhere to this responsibility is to stay up-to-date on your CPR and First Aid training. These important skills are easy to learn and can be the difference between life and death.
When responsible parents look for a babysitter to watch their children, one qualification they want them to have is CPR certification. As a coach, you may not want to feel like a babysitter but this is one of the many roles you have. If something happens and a player stops breathing, you may be the only one at practice with your players.
Worth Every Penny:
Are you prepared to handle the situation described in the last paragraph? If you are not, do not worry. CPR certification does not take much time or money and can be done at any time. To implement CPR training for you and your players S.T.L. Emergency Skills Training is willing and ready to serve. Training is inexpensive and is worth every penny.
Highest Risk Sport:
Reports show that more than 100 sudden cardio deaths happen among American, middle school, high school and college athletes every year. And basketball has been found to have the highest risk of any sport. The fast pace and constant starting and stopping can put even the healthiest players in danger.
Luckily, if used properly and started immediately, CPR and defibrillation increase the chance of survival for even the worst cardio episodes. However, many states do not require schools to carry Automatic External Defibrillators (AED). Any location you use for practice and games, please be aware of whether they carry an AED. If they do not, you should recommend that they get one immediately. S.T.L. Emergency Skills can assist with all AED needs for both public and private facilities. Click here for a list of AED laws and legislations.
Most Important Coaching Decision:
Sudden cardio death is something to be aware of, but not fear. You probably tell your players all the time to overcome fears by preparation and practice. Take your own advice and become CPR certified. It may be the most important decision you’ll ever make as a coach.
Those ready to learn the skills needed to provide care to those in distress should enroll in a life-saving skills course and increase awareness for SCA among today’s youth. Has your team implemented a CPR course? Contact S.T.L. Emergency Training at 1-888-491-1277 or firstname.lastname@example.org now to help build awareness for SCA in our players. Anyone can become a life-saver, including those that are still in school or simply competing with their friends.